White Ribbon Alliance

India

White Ribbon Alliance India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi
National Coordinator

Aparajita photo

c/o Centre for Catalyzing Change
C-1, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi, 110 016
India

tel: 91 11 474 88888
fax: 91 11 474 88899

AGogoi@whiteribbonalliance.org

Capital City
New Delhi
Population
1,189,172,906
Lifetime risk of maternal death
1 in 170
Maternal Mortality Ratio
200
Births attended by skilled personnel
48.8%
Source: Family Welfare Statistics in India 2011, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Survival. Click here for the India country profile.

UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child commitment:

India has committed to focus on women's and children's health. India is focusing on strengthening its efforts in the 264 districts that account for nearly 70% of all infant and maternal deaths.

The above statement is an edited commitment. Please click here to read the full commitment.


“In India we have some of the best policies in the world for women in childbirth,” says Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance India. “But who is telling women in their villages about their rights and entitlements? Who is ensuring that the promises made are being kept?"

Since 1999, when White Ribbon Alliance India was set up and subsequently since the first ever march to the Taj Mahal in 2001, they have been doing just that, focusing the public gaze on what happens to women in childbirth, and making citizens’ voices heard in public hearings, maternal death inquiries and now through technology.

Notable achievements include supporting the initiative to modify regulations which now allow lesser qualified health workers to provide a range of life-saving treatments. As a result of the policy change, tens of thousands of auxiliary nurse midwives have now been trained in key procedures that can keep women alive in India’s half a million villages.

White Ribbon Alliance India has also pioneered "watch dog" activities which have involved tens of thousands of citizens, using checklists and speaking out at public meetings to share their experiences about their health services – and then working with the authorities to bring rapid improvements. “WRAI has been raising the volume of discourse on maternal health, working with the government to make things better for women, working with media and committed individuals.”

In recent years, WRA India has organised over one hundred public hearings to promote the process of airing people’s concerns, making women’s voices heard, working with health staff and officials to improve services.

“We are showing that our government can turn their excellent policies into reality, and that this is the way to really make birth safe for all women across India.”


RESOURCES

Linking Moms Through Mobile: Improving Quality of Care in India

Linking Moms Through Mobile: Improving Quality of Care in India - Hindi